Woods happy to see match halted by rain

PUBLISHED: 17:17 09 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:08 10 June 2010

Torrential rain saved Woodbury from any further embarrassment, after their bowlers had put up a less than average display as Countess Wear amassed 268 for three declared in 45 overs.

Torrential rain saved Woodbury from any further embarrassment, after their bowlers had put up a less than average display as Countess Wear amassed 268 for three declared in 45 overs.

Winning the toss for the first time this season, with what looked a bowler-friendly pitch and on the back on a good bowling performance the previous week, Woodbury should have fancied offering the home team a threat.

But the bowling was too short on a regular basis, and Countess Wear captain James Bogue and fellow opener Mark Davey helped themselves to an opening partnership of 199 inside 35 overs.

Bogue was dismissed one short of his century, having hit 13 fours.

Davey carried his bat for 121 not out, with nine fours and two sixes.

James Hope scored a quick-fire 20 and the wickets went to Matt Plowman (2-52) and Neil Richards (1-55).

Any run chase required a big score from one of Woodbury's top batsmen, but dangerman James Kavanagh was dismissed for four in the second over.

Better lengths from the Wear bowlers slowed Woodbury's first 50 to 20 overs.

Tom Wilson (37) and Tim Greenslade (32no) picked up the pace and Woodbury had reached 91 for two in 28 overs, when the heavens opened and washed out any further hope of play.

No play was possible in the 2nd XI fixture between the respective teams due to a waterlogged outfield.

This weekend, the 1st XI are at home to Cullompton where a big improvement in the bowling is needed.

The 2nd XI travel to Thorverton in search of some form to kick start their season.

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